From Bruce Springsteen and Led Zeppelin to Take That and Stereophonics, the subject of flooding has provided inspiration for countless music legends over the years.
Sadly, real-life floods are far less entertaining, especially when they occur quite literally in your own back yard.
To help your luscious lawn stay afloat in the event of a prolonged, heavy downpour, here are a few top tips to keep your garden high and dry.
Garden Flooding Solutions
Garden flooding can put a real dampener on your plans for a picture-perfect property. Help keep your garden from becoming a would-be Waterworld by following these three handy tips on how to prevent garden flooding.
Get Some Fresh Air
Compacted soil can be a prime suspect in the case of the flooded lawn. As such, preventing your soil from becoming compacted should be a top priority.
To keep your soil aerated, the best way to do so is to use an aptly-named aerator. Aerating your garden will give the soil room to decompress, either by removing plugs of dirt or piercing the surface with puncture holes.
Meanwhile, adding earthworms to your compacted areas can provide an au naturelle route to garden aeration. Simply introduce the wormy wizards to your garden beds and allow Mother Nature to take its course.
While your main property is probably already equipped with a guttering system, there’s a good chance that your outbuildings may not.
If you own a supplementary structure within your garden – such as a shed, Wendy house or greenhouse – these outdoor additions can easily become a contributing factor in your garden’s water retention.
Rooftop rain run-off from these temporary buildings can create pooling problems in your garden, providing a funnel flow of water into a single waterlogged space.
Avoid this issue by equipping your outbuildings with an appropriate guttering system. Such kits are available from typical hardware stores for as little as £30.00, so are well worth the investment.
Meanwhile, installing water butts is a great way to utilise the excess rainwater for gardening use in the warmer months, while also serving the purpose of drainage for the aforementioned guttering kits.
Vive la France!
For extreme cases of continued, problematic waterlogging, you may need to take a more permanent, drastic approach to saving your garden from a watery grave.
In such instances, a “French drain” system could well be the last resort that lasts resourcefully. And here’s how…
A French drain is essentially a trench filled with gravel, sand or a perforated pipe (and oftentimes a combination).
This provides your garden with an underground drainage system that directs the water away from ground level, channeling the excess water into a designated drainage area.
The French drain also has more aliases than James Bond, also commonly referred to as a weeping tile, a trench drain or a French ditch (among numerous other names).
Call in the Pros
If all else fails (or you don’t fancy getting your hands dirty in pursuit of that dream garden drainage), why not call in the experts?
At Lawn & Weed Expert, we specialise in making your garden glorious, whatever the weather throws at you.
Naturally, this claim also extends to flood prevention and we have more than a few tricks up our sleeve to keep your lawn looking lush even in the face of heavy rainfall.
So, what are you waiting for? Keep your lawn from becoming the next Atlantis by calling in Lawn & Weed Expert and enjoy a flood-free lawn today.
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